The sexiest movies that somehow passed Netflix’s porn censors

Does Netflix have porn? Well, technically no. You won’t find the type of porn on Netflix that you’d see on Pornhub or Brazzers. But there are plenty of real sex scenes and nudity to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for soft porn or erotic movies, you can find plenty of unintentional Netflix porn.

Since the debut of cinema, people have been arguing over where the line between pornography and art begins and ends. There are countless films that thrive in that gray area, pushing the boundaries of decency in the name of storytelling. And, thanks to Netflix, you can watch many of them the comfort of your home.

Here are the sexiest porn movies on Netflix, broken into two categories for your viewing pleasures.

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These films feature real-life sex. Not people rubbing merkins on one another or bobbing their heads above laps. Actual real-life sex. One of the things you’ll notice on this list is the films with the most graphic content tend to be sad as hell. Apparently, frowning is one of the things that make a film art instead of a porn movie.

1) Love (2015)

Gaspar Noe’s controversial porno drama experiment is jarring, if only because you almost never see real sex shot this beautifully. It’s graphic, full of hardcore sex captured by the loving eye of Benoit Debie, the cinematographer from Spring Breakers. Originally released in 3D, the movie revolves around an American student and his French girlfriend, and the reverberations a threesome has on their relationship. Viewers could remove each ejaculation or penetration shot and still find a serviceable tale of complicated relationships. But make no mistake, Love is a full-on porn movie on Netflix.

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2) Nymphomaniac Vol 1 & Nymphomaniac Vol 2 (2013)

Lars von Trier’s controversial experimental drama about a woman with sex addiction is a deeply dark, soul-crushing film. Von Trier actually filmed real porn stars having sex, but then he digitally placed their genitals onto the bodies of actors like Charlotte Gainsbourg or Shia LaBeouf. Lars von Trier is a brilliant filmmaker, but his movies are not for general audiences. No amount of sex could make this movie not sad.

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3) Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

Of the films featuring unsimulated sex scenes on Netflix, Blue Is the Warmest Colour is easily the best. It’s a legitimately artistic film that features a slow-burn love story between two young women. Starting when our heroine Adéle is 15 and following her through the next decade as she chases an older woman named Emma, this three-hour drama is more than just a collection of graphic sex scenes; it’s a rumination on the complications of love that happens to earn its NC-17 rating.

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4) White Girl (2016)

College is a time for experimentation, and Leah has been unleashed on the streets of New York. As she travels its streets searching for blow and physical pleasure, she finds love and tragedy in equal measures. This cautionary tale in the spirit of KIDS is occasionally harsh viewing, but its numerous sex scenes are explicit and hot. Trigger warning: This film has several depictions of sexual assault.

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5) Below Her Mouth (2016)

Arguably the first mumblecore adult film, Below Her Mouth is beautifully shot slice-of-life film about a passionate affair between two women and the ramifications it brings to their lives. The story isn’t necessarily original, but leads Natalie Krill and Erika Linder have a natural charisma that’s apparent even when you’re not watching the numerous sex scenes. Written and directed by women, Below Her Mouth is a change of pace from many of the explicit films you find on streaming services. Thanks to its passionate unsimulated masturbation and sex, there aren’t many movies hotter than this on Netflix.

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Netflix porn: The sexiest movies with simulated sex

These films don’t need to show you actual sex to push the boundaries of what’s allowed on the screen. Oddly enough these films tend to be way more fun than the films that are allowed to show actual sex.

1) Amar (2017)

Looking for love, but don’t mind waiting for the sex scenes? Amar is a steady slow burn, taking viewers on the journey of two young people’s first experience with love. Moving from their early romantic foundations to the mistakes that plague first relationships, Amar is tender and occasionally harsh. Its seriousness makes its random explosions of passion even hotter.

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2) High Society (2018)

Nothing about High Society’s description on Netflix can prepare you for just how freaky this movie gets. On the surface, it’s about the curator of an art gallery and her professor husband trying to join South Korea’s economic elite. What it fails to mention is the steamy sex scene—and the insanely graphic, “two people covered in lube on a plastic bed” scene. You’ll never look at social climbing the same way.

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3) The Dirt (2019)

In the 1980s, Mötley Crüe cut a swath of debauchery across the world that would make the devil blush. Sex, drugs, adultery, greed, vehicular manslaughter: they did it all. Now you can relive their glory days in The Dirt, Netflix’s cinematic adaptation of the band’s bestselling novel. Lest you worry their stories of lust have been toned down for the screen, the opening squirting scene should put your mind at ease.

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4) The Black Room (2016)

This movie is definitely not for everyone, but if you’ve ever fantasized about sex with demons, The Black Room deserves a visit. Jennifer and Paul’s new home seems like a steal, a place to start a new life together. But the basement needs work, in the form of an exorcism. As evil forces begin to reveal themselves in lusty ways, the duo must fight for their lives and their souls. Erotic, demonic horror obviously comes with a trigger warning, but this is a sexy and nightmarish oddity.  

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5) A Perfect Ending (2012)

People living seemingly perfect lives can often harbor embarrassing secrets. For all the money and comfort her marriage buys her, Rebecca has never had an orgasm. Now approaching middle age, she fears she never will, until two friends put her in touch with a discreet and beautiful escort. If Lifetime incorporated tender sex scenes into their melodramatic movies, the result would be A Perfect Ending. Just grab some tissues for the surprising finale.

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6) Duck Butter (2018)

Alia Shawkat of Arrested Development fame stars in this experimental indie mumblecore comedy about two fed-up women who decide to conduct an experiment. They’ll spend 24 hours together, having sex every hour and promising to be completely honest with each other the entire time. What starts as a fun game soon becomes an exploration in intimacy in all its forms. While the sex scenes are a major part of the film, the chemistry between Shawkat and her co-star Laia Costa is the star.

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7) Spring Breakers (2012)

Harmony Korine’s infamous crime drama about a group of four college girls who rob a restaurant to fund a debauched spring break trip has finally hit Netflix. Starring former Disney icons like Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, Spring Breakers can’t figure out if it wants to be a serious movie or a trashy exploitation thriller. Thankfully that means it’s packed full of nudity, sex, and even one oddly hot threesome with the grossest James Franco you’ve ever seen.

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8) God’s Own Country (2017)

This working-class gay romance, set in the hills of Yorkshire, England centers around a young sheep farmer named Johnny Saxby. Numbing himself with binge drinking to forget his boring existence, Saxby’s life changes with the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker. Suddenly finding himself exploring new passions, Saxby’s life will never be the same. Featuring beautiful sex scenes, and the gorgeous English countryside, God’s Own Country is a hidden dramatic gem in Netflix’s steamy section.

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9) Nasha (2013)

Here’s an Indian erotic drama for anyone who likes foreplay more than sex itself, a tale of an 18-year student who becomes obsessed with his new drama teacher. Riding a line between a romantic drama and a stalker film, Nasha develops from its creepy beginnings into a story about forbidden love. There’s no real nudity, but the elaborate build-ups and fantasy sequences make for a surprisingly hot watch.

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10) My Golden Days (2015)

Arnaud Desplechin’s prequel to his 90s film My Sex Life… returns viewers to the point of view of Paul Dedalus, now a grown man preparing to leave Tajkistan. Looking back at his life through a series of flashbacks, Dedalus examines his complicated family life, student trips to the USSR, and the beautiful, yet difficult, Esther. At times incredibly painful to watch, My Golden Days punctuates its sorrow with romance and enveloping love scenes. This is a coming of age tale that deserves your time, whether you watch for the nudity or not.

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11) Compulsion (2016)

After a bad fight with her boyfriend, Sadie, a fledgling erotica novelist, needs to get away for a while. So she leaves town to go visit an ex, joining him and his friend Francesca at an Italian villa. Soon Sadie finds herself falling in love with Francesca, starting a spiral that makes her question her own boundaries. This steamy BDSM-inflected tale isn’t high art, but it’s a fun, sexy thriller.

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12) Newness (2017)

Newness plays with the concept of open relationships from a sweet, if not naive, point of view. Viewers follow a millennial couple who finds themselves in a rut after trying monogamy and decide to give other people a try. Surprisingly free of melodrama, Newness provides a compelling and raw story of the questions non-monogamy can raise.

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13) Rezeta (2012)

Rezeta is a surprising discovery on Netflix: an erotic movie that’s almost more of a love letter to a city than to sex. Rezeta, a beautiful Albanian model, lands in Mexico City for work and a little play. Amid the glamour and parties, she meets several men, each showing her a different side of her latest home’s culture. Beautifully shot on location, Rezeta is an unexpectedly romantic film that explores perception, expectations, and masculinity. While the sex isn’t unsimulated, you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Fans of character studies and sensual sex scenes take note.

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14) Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

This erotic comedy is a coming-of-age story that centers around two young men on a road trip with a sexually liberated and unmarried woman. Along the way, there might be some graphic sex. Starring a young Gael Carcia Bernal and directed by Children of Men and Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron, there’s a great deal of emotional depth to be found in this odd tale of personal growth. Swinging wildly from gross-out humor to erotic drama to a tale of two boys becoming men, it’s hard to pin the film down. Still, the incredible direction and brilliant acting by the three main leads come highly recommended.

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15) B.A. Pass (2012)

Yet another Bollywood entry on this list, B.A. Pass shows the ways other nations figure out how to explore sexuality within cultural confines. This erotic thriller follows a broke student who is seduced into becoming a gigolo by a beautiful rich woman. Setting aside his morals, he takes on increasingly more dangerous jobs, with disastrous results. Showing graphic sex with no nudity, along with some dark plot twists, B.A. Pass is just like all the other movies on this list. The only difference is you have to imagine the nipples are there.

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16) The Art of Loving (2017)

The Art of Loving tells the important story of feminist and sexual health icon Michalina Wislocka. A gynecologist and sexologist living under Communist rule in Poland, her work on topics like the sexual needs of lonely people and contraception was censored due to its subject matter. With Oscar-worthy cinematography and legitimately sensual sex scenes, The Art of Loving honors the work of its subject by both informing and supporting your sexual desires all at once.

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17) Carol (2015)

Carol is an erotic movie on Netflix for viewers who don’t want to sacrifice art for smut. Nominated for six Oscars, including best actress (Cate Blanchett) and best supporting actress (Rooney Mara), Carol has a pedigree unlike anything else on this list. Following the developing relationship between a young photographer and an older woman in the 1950s, Carol’s erotic moments are sparse but intense.

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18) Desire (2017)

There’s nothing like a trashy fantasy to get the juices flowing, and Desire is as trashy as they come. Lucia and Ofelia might be sisters, but their relationship has been badly damaged for seven years. Finally meeting again to celebrate Lucia’s wedding, things seem like they could heal, until Ofelia meets Lucia’s husband and new sparks begin to fly. Graphic and darkly funny, Desire is an unconventional fantasy, but sometimes those are the hottest ones.  

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Porn on Netflix: The sexiest movies to watch

1) 9 ½ Weeks (1986)

Back in the ’80s, 9 ½ Weeks was scandalously explicit, helping turn the film into a sleeper hit on home video. While the limits it pushed have since become norms, it’s still easy to understand why the movie inspired millions to try licking honey off their partners. Elizabeth is recently divorced and working in a SoHo art gallery as she gets back on her feet. Then she meets John, a Wall Street broker with a taste for kinky sex. Over the course of nine-and-a-half weeks, the two teach each other about their limits, sexually and emotionally. For a film known for its sex scenes, you might be surprised by how much heart is here.

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2) Dangerous Beauty (1998)

In 16th-century Venice a poor girl finds herself blocked from marrying the nobleman’s son she loves because of her class. In defiance, she follows her mother’s path into the world of courtesans, high-class sexual companions. The position gives her access to a world she’d been previously locked out of, but then she angers someone from the Vatican and finds her world falling apart. Equal parts steamy and, oddly, feminist, Dangerous Beauty is a surprising sleeper.

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3) She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

Spike Lee’s feature-length debut, She’s Gotta Have It, is a sex comedy ahead of its time, especially in light of today’s widespread resurgence of non-monogamy. Nola Darling is a young, beautiful Brooklyn native who is currently dating three separate men, refusing each one’s requests for commitment. Nola enjoys her freedom, but her suitors have other ideas. She’s Gotta Have It is a wildly important to film to American indie cinema, but beyond that, it’s a genuinely sexy examination of romantic autonomy in the modern world. With erotic sex scenes and beautiful black-and-white photography, She’s Gotta Have It is a piece of cinema history you’ll have a lovely time viewing.

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4) Concussion (2013)

Abby’s life is perfect on paper, if a little boring. She and her wife have a wonderful son and their marriage is good, though passionless. But Abby wants more. After receiving a minor concussion, Abby starts to think about all the things she’s missing in life and seeks out a prostitute to explore her urges. Soon, visiting sex workers isn’t enough. Abby wants more. She wants to help women the way she was helped, turning to sex work herself and starting a secret life away from her family. This sexy, yet at times somber, drama is a thoughtful look at boredom in relationships and what people do to escape.

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5) Tulip Fever (2017)

In 17th century Amsterdam an orphaned girl named Sophia passes her days in a loveless arranged marriage to a rich merchant named Cornelis. When her husband commissions a painting of Sophia, she meets Jan. Beginning an affair with the struggling artist, Sophia decides their only hope of escape is entering the exploding tulip bulb market. Set against the backdrop of the bizarre, yet true, Dutch Tulip Mania, Tulip Fever could lose the sex and be worth your time. The hot love scenes are just a bonus.

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6) The Model (2016)

Breaking into modeling is a brutal job, even for the beautiful. When Emma arrives in Paris from her home in Denmark, her career seems to be off to a great start, but a when she strikes up an affair with a photographer, things become more complicated. This erotic movie on Netflix features some beautifully shot sex scenes and solid performances by Maria Palm and Ed Skrein in the leading roles. The Model is also a rare film that features equal opportunity male and female nudity, a refreshing change of pace from many graphically sexual films. Even if the plot doesn’t grab you, stick around for the pool scene. You’ll thank us.

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How to find porn on Netflix

There’s even more Netflix porn out there. You just have to do a little digging to find it. The easiest way to do so is by using the Netflix secret code list. This list has been circulating for a couple of years now, and it helps you filter movies by different categories. You can find the most recent list linked above. It turns out there are more than 60 genres that involved the word “steamy.” Granted “steamy” doesn’t always translate to “porn on Netflix,” but the ones copied below will be your best bet.

  • Critically Acclaimed Steam Independent Dramas: 113
  • Steamy Romantic Movies: 35800
  • Steamy Thrillers: 972
  • Steamy Biographical Dramas: 2333
  • Steamy Coming-of-Age Movies 3239
  • Steamy Crime Movies: 993
  • Steamy Independent Movies: 2223
  • Steamy Dramas: 794
  • Steamy Cult Movies: 3199

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John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond is a tech reporter and culture writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord-cutter and early adopter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. A former staff writer for TUAW, he's knowledgeable on all things Apple and Android. You can also also find him regularly performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.